American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking the usual or appropriate covering or clothing; naked: a bare arm.
- adj. Exposed to view; undisguised: bare fangs.
- adj. Lacking the usual furnishings, equipment, or decoration: bare walls.
- adj. Having no addition, adornment, or qualification: the bare facts. See Synonyms at empty.
- adj. Just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities.
- adj. Obsolete Bareheaded.
- v. To make bare; uncover or reveal: bared their heads; baring secrets.
- v. To expose: The dog bared its teeth.
- v. Archaic A past tense of bear1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Naked; without covering: as, bare arms; the trees are bare.
- With the head uncovered. In numismatic descriptions, said of a head on a coin or medal when uncovered or devoid of any adornment, such as a diadem or laurel-wreath.
- Open to view; unconcealed; undisguised.
- Lacking in appropriate covering or equipment; unfurnished: as, bare walls.
- Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish.
- Threadless; napless.
- Poor; destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished; unprovided with what is necessary or comfortable: absolutely or with of.
- Empty; valueless; paltry; worthless.
- Mere; scarcely or just sufficient: as, the bare necessaries of life; a bare subsistence.
- Unaccompanied; without addition; simple.
- Unadorned; without literary or artistic effect; bald; meager.
- In beer-making, not completely covered by the bubbles formed in fermentation: said of the surface of beer.
- Raw; excoriated.
- Lean; spare.
- The uncovered or unhidden surface; the body; the substance.
- To make bare; uncover; divest of covering: as, to bare one's head or one's breast.
- To disclose; make manifest; lay bare: as, to bare the secrets of the grave.
- Old preterit of bear.
- n. That part of a clapboard, roof-slate, or the like, which is exposed to the weather when the roof is complete, as distinguished from the lap.
- adj. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
- adj. Naked, uncovered.
- adj. Having no supplies.
- adj. Having no decoration.
- adj. Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
- adj. UK, slang, not comparable A lot or lots of.
- adv. UK, slang Very; significantly.
- adv. Barely.
- adv. Without a condom
- n. the surface, the (bare) skin
- v. transitive To uncover; to reveal.
- v. obsolete Simple past of bear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked.
- adj. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
- adj. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
- adj. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager.
- adj. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; -- used with
of(rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away.
- adj. Threadbare; much worn.
- adj. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else.
- n. rare Surface; body; substance.
- n. (Arch.) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
- v. To strip off the covering of; to make bare.
- Bore; the old preterit of bear, v.
- adj. completely unclothed
- adj. lacking embellishment or ornamentation
- v. lay bare
- adj. lacking in amplitude or quantity
- adj. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
- v. make public
- adj. lacking a surface finish such as paint
- adj. not having a protective covering
- adj. just barely adequate or within a lower limit
- adj. providing no shelter or sustenance
- v. lay bare
- adj. having everything extraneous removed including contents
- adj. lacking its natural or customary covering
- Old English bær. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bar, from Old English bær; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone Wednesday released what he termed a bare-bones proposed budget that will avoid doomsday job, school and service cuts, but will h ...”
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